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November, 2009:

Oh noes!

My neglect of this website has transcended (or descended?) to a new level. Not only have I been neglecting the site, but I’ve been neglecting my email! You see, when I first started this site I set up my email to forward to my gmail account. Something must have happened along the way because it stopped forwarding. So I’ve been missing a lot of emails. I guess I just thought things were quiet around here.
So, if you’ve sent me anything please don’t feel slighted. I just didn’t see it. I’m going to have to spend a few days sifting through the messages.
In the meantime, I have precious little to report on the knitting front. I’ve been kept so very busy by a newly-mobile baby and haven’t really been knitting. I have grand plans for a set of Christmas stockings for the babe, her dad and me. But I have to get cracking because Christmas is coming up far too quickly.
To distract you from the lack of anything important I have to say, here’s a recent photo of Eva wearing her Sideways Sockyarn Sweater. Most of the sweaters that have been knit for her fit her just great these days, which has turned out to be very good timing, with winter coming up.

Sideways sockyarn sweater

A salvaged project

Over a year ago I dyed a hank of sock weight yarn using gel frosting dye. I didn’t really have anything in mind when I dyed the yarn. It was just experimental, I hadn’t used frosting dyes so it was just fun to play around. I posted about the experience and said I’d write up how we did it but I never actually got around to it and in fact didn’t do any more dying with frosting dye, in spite of the fact that I was pleased with the brightness of the color
My yarn:
My dyed yarn, dry and twisted in hank
My wrist warmers (do you call them wristers or wrist warmers?) with this yarn looked sort of … well, frankly, like 60s tie-dye. (I should have taken a photo of them before dying but I didn’t … you’d really see what I mean!)
Swatch of dyed yarn
So anyway, I decided to bring out my notes from the initial gel dying and over-dye the wristers.
Quick explanation of dying process:
Gather up:
The item(s) you want to dye
Bowl or bucket in which to presoak the item(s) you want to dye
White vinegar
Water (room temp is fine)
Gel frosting dye (Wiltons, available at Michael’s)
Plastic wrap
Rubber gloves
Microwave safe dish or bowl
Microwave
Hanger or rack on which to hang item to dry
Soak the item you want to dye in a mixture of water and vinegar. Thoroughly mix the gel dye in plain ole the water. I made just a tiny batch because this was just a tiny project. I put the wrist warmers in the dye water, swished them around to make sure they got thoroughly and evenly saturated. I probably left them in the dye bath 5-10 minutes. Then I squeezed out the excess water, laid each on a piece of plastic wrap, folded the wrap around it to seal, rolled each up like a cinnamon roll, put them on a dish and microwaved (microwave for 2 minutes on high, leave in microwave for 2 minutes, then microwave on high for another two minutes, remove, let cool until you can handle them, then unwrap, and hang to dry).
For this, I used only about a quart of water and ¼ cup of white vinegar in a plastic ice cream bucket to soak the wrist warmers. Soaked them for a couple of hours. Then I used 12 ounces of tap water to which I added 1 tsp each of red and burgundy gel.
And here’s the final product:
Over-dyed wristers
I am actually okay with the result. I have a purple suede jacket that I love, and the purple on the wristers (which doesn’t actually show up very well in the photo) is a nice match.
So … see? There’s hope for some of those “really, I thought that was a good idea????” projects.